Friday, 12 December 2014

12th December 2014 Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP

We awoke to a group of Buddhist monks outside our tent at the viewpoint. They soon continued on their way along a narrow trail leading steeply up a nearby hill. This would be our last morning at Chong Yen and we decided to walk down the road for a good few kilometres. No dream finale but plenty of birds were seen feeding at various fruiting trees the best of which was a small flock of Pin-tailed Green Pigeons. We returned to the campsite and took one last walk along the start of the Old Umphang Road before saying our farewells to Annan. We were soon on our way to Bueng Boraphet where we arrived in the late afternoon. Being such a huge wetland it proved something of a daunting prospect to know where to start looking but we tried from a few vantage points along the northern shore seeing a couple of Oriental Darters.

Lesser Whistling Duck 250
Asian Openbill 300
Pond Heron sp. 10
Cattle Egret 100
Grey Heron 1
Purple Heron 2
Great Egret 10
Little Cormorant 100
Oriental Darter 2
Black-winged Kite 1
Eastern Marsh Harrier 1
Black-winged Stilt 20
Pacific Golden Plover 20
Pompadour Green Pigeon 4
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon 4
Mountain Imperial Pigeon 10
Mountain Scops Owl h
Indian Roller 5
White-browed Piculet 1
Kestrel 2
Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike 4
Ashy Woodswallow 10
Black-winged Cuckooshrike 2
Brown Shrike 1
Black Drongo 30
Ashy Drongo 2
Hair-crested Drongo 30
Black-crested Bulbul 2
Swallow 300
White-tailed/Davison's Leaf Warbler 3
Silver-eared Mesia 8
Striated Yuhina 10
Chestnut-flanked White-eye 8
Oriental White-eye 2 yellow morph
White-vented Myna 300
Asian Pied Starling 2
Blue Whistling Thrush 1
Taiga Flycatcher 1
House Sparrow 10
Tree Sparrow 5
A few barefooted monks had appeared at dawn at the Hornbill viewpoint
Road near Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Forested ridges from the road near Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Mountain Imperial Pigeons at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Mountain Bulbul near Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Yellow morph Oriental White-eye at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Golden-throated Barbet at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Bronzed Drongo at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Hair-crested Drongo at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Pompadour Green Pigeons at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Pin-tailed Green Pigeons at Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
 Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike near Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Immature Slender-billed Oriole near Chong Yen, Mae Wong NP
Whether gripping us off with another pair of Hornbills, or offering us another two cups of coffee, he was a real character, always cheerful and great company and nothing was ever too much trouble for Mr Fix-it - an all-round great guy who made our visit to Mae Wong NP all the more enjoyable and memorable
 Oriental Darter at Bueng Boraphet